Explore BrainMass
Share

criminal investigation: dealing with a witness

This content was STOLEN from BrainMass.com - View the original, and get the already-completed solution here!

Kylie was witness to the brutal murder of a 66-year-old man in broad daylight outside a bank on a busy New York street. The two perpetrators shot the man dead and escaped with the cash-filled bag he had been carrying. When the investigating officer arrived on the scene, he started questioning Kylie and found that she was not forthcoming with information about the scene or the description of the perpetrators. The officer threatened Kylie with dire consequences if she was not more cooperative with the police. The reason for the officer's attitude was that if Kylie did not help them to identify the criminals they would roam at large, being free to eliminate witnesses, including her. Furthermore, they could continue targeting and killing other victims.

Do you think the officer's reaction was justified, and would the officer's behavior make Kylie more cooperative with the police?

In your opinion, what steps should be taken prior to interviewing a witness who is less than forthcoming or unwilling to get involved? Discuss the ideal location for the interview and the reasons you think the location is ideal.
•Explain the numerous methods of obtaining information from people. Give your opinion about an ideal interview environment which will enable the witness to give out maximum information.
•If a witness is not forthcoming with information about the crime scene or the description of the suspects, how would you induce the witness to be more cooperative? Explain what steps should be taken prior to interviewing such a witness.
use references/cite sources

© BrainMass Inc. brainmass.com October 17, 2018, 11:26 am ad1c9bdddf
https://brainmass.com/law/criminal-law-and-justice/criminal-investigation-dealing-witness-539547

Solution Preview

Do you think the officer's reaction was justified, and would the officer's behavior make Kylie more cooperative with the police?

The officer's reaction is not justified because if the "witness" doesn't want to testify, she is not obligated to do so. Witnesses have many reasons why they refrain from issuing testimony, and in this scenario she may believe that giving testimony or a statement would place her life in jeopardy. The cop can't compel her to issue any statements based on threats or any other coercive measures. Therefore, the police officer was wrong in his actions to threaten a potential witness with criminal charges that would be unconstitutional and violate her civil rights.

In your opinion, what steps should be taken prior to interviewing a witness who is less than forthcoming or unwilling to get involved? Discuss the ideal location for the ...

Solution Summary

A criminal investigation dealing with a witness is examined.

$2.19
Similar Posting

Criminal Investigation: Preparing Interview Questions

-The Interview
Mr. Adams, not further identified, has called the police station and stated that he has information concerning an armed robbery of a convenience store. When he observed the robbery in progress, he was parked across the street using his cell phone. It is possible that he can provide a great deal of information or only a few details. Mr. Adams has agreed to come to the police station and relate the information he knows about the incident.

As a detective, you have many armed robberies to investigate, and it will be necessary to conduct a thorough interview of this potential witness. Do the following:

Prepare a list of at least 10 questions that you plan to ask Mr. Adams with some space between your questions to record his answers. During the interview, other questions might come up. Add these questions to the list also.

Describe how you would arrange the room in which the interview will be held to ensure that the witness is completely at ease and does not feel disturbed or intimidated.

Discuss what you would say to Mr. Adams prior to the interview to make him feel comfortable and ensure his full cooperation.

Discuss how you will ensure that the interview is thorough and that all information is collected.

Identify at least two questions pertaining to the crime that, though necessary, you would not ask Mr. Adams as these questions might scare him off. Explain what these questions are and how can they prove detrimental during witness interviewing.

View Full Posting Details